Texas is the largest producer of Angora goats in the US and third in the world. They are raised for their fine mohair. They are shorn twice a year, in February, just before kidding and then again in August. It looked like they were penning about 50 goats at a time, while a large number were in other pens near by. It took about 5 days to do the job.
The shearing crew showed up at the Pfluger Ranch early to set up and get started. It takes about 4 minutes to shear a goat, with lots of bleating and protesting, but then they calm down and and happy to be rid of all that hair. Temperatures have been triple digits this summer, in a few months when cold weather rolls around, their hair will have grown back.
The hair is collected and graded, then stuffed into large wool sacks. It was interesting to watch. Ranch work is hard work but no one would trade it for anything~